I am interested in developing an idea using CMOS sensors, and I was wondering if I could get some pointers (I don't know much about image sensors)
First, my understanding is that CMOS image sensors can (in theory) access pixels one at a time -- like simplified 2d ram there is a vertical line and horizontal line select -- this is different than CCDs which typically have to read out chunks of pixels at a time. Please correct me if I am wrong.
If I am correct is it possible to get a raw CMOS sensor that let's me read out pixels in what ever order and timing I feel like (so I specifically do not want an easy to use, standardized video format, and I am willing to do the various downstream DSP and error correcting myself.)
At this stage of my project, I don't need a high resolution, low noise setup -- something simple would be fine, I just want complete control over how I read out the pixels. (However, if the system came with simple optics and shutter that would be great)
Does anyone know of such a setup? Are all CMOS sensors available in raw format, or is what I'm asking for very odd?